RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Dubbel Doppel
How better to celebrate the evolution of the year than with recipes inspired by generations of the original craft beer warriors, the Monks! Top with a healthy dose of Shmaltz and witness the rebirth of Rejewvenator! "The winter of bondage has passed, the deluge of suffering is gone, the Fig tree has formed its first fruits, declaring all ready for libation." -Song of Solomon. Dates were used to sweeten beer in Ancient Egypt as early as 3500 BCE. Genesis 3:7: "Their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked; they sewed fig leaves and made themselves aprons." Queen Vic commissioned an 18" plaster fig leaf for her cast of Michelangelo’s David. "The statue that advertises its modesty with a fig leaf brings its modesty under suspicion." -Mark Twain. Under a fig tree, Romulus and Remus, mythical founders of Rome, were nursed by a she-wolf and worlds away Buddha found enlightenment. Zechariah: "Nations shall beat their swords into plowshares - all will sit with their neighbor under a fig tree, never afraid." Mohammed: "Whoever eats seven Tamr (dates) at breakfast shall rise above magic and poison that day." The Hebrew word for Date palm "Tamar" connotes a woman’s grace. "The only difference between a first date and a job interview is not many job interviews have a chance you’ll end up naked." Jerry Seinfeld. Psalm 92:12: "The righteous shall flourish like the Date palm." Thankfully all we need to do is pop open a bottle and rejoice... L’Chaim!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gschrade (1078) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Taste dark fruit, toffee, boozy. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Draft at Sedona Charlottesville. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium sized creamy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee, caramelized sugar, brown sugar, booze. The taste is toffee, booze, brown sugar, herbal notes. Medium-full bodied, low carbonation, hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 30, 2014
12oz bottle from last years holiday pack. Nice aroma of dates, turbinado caramel and white pepper. Flavor is dark fruits, vanilla, a touch of rum and some white pepper. Full bodied, at first, but finishes with a nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle from Wegmans KOP. Pours cola brown with a small tan head that dissipates at record speed. This beer is pretty ugly. The aroma hs tons of dark fruit: figs, plums, brown sugar, quite sweet. The taste has a big raisin, sweet sugary plum, a bit of booze on the finish. This is OK but nothing special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Created a thick monstrous sizing of head which took several minutes to retreat and when it eventually did, there were only a few patches of foam remaining. Liquid appeared as a dark mahogany color and had slow rising carbonation bubbles. Aroma is big and bold and smells similar to an authentic Belgian dubbel with lightly spiced yeast and a sweet base of malts. Also, the aroma has a tame fruity element and suggests notes of dates, figs and palm sugar. The drink delivers a sugary sweet profile of malts while a harsh warm presence of alcohol hangs in the finish. It isn’t until I re-chill my bottle back down to cold since the liquor stores have the coolers on a minimum that I started to appreciate this beer because trying to drink it at a cool room temperature was too harsh and offending for my taste buds. I know some beers are meant to warm up a little in temperature but this is not one of them by any means. Has a dark rich fruit flavor of fig and date but it taste more of a packaged preserved fig or date flavor and not so much the same taste I get when I eat a fresh date at the grocery stores. It does taste true to Belgian abbey dubbel, but then again this was a bizarre recipe that tested the boundaries of hybrid brewing. I’m not sure if I like this or not? WTF?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3956) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
Brown bottle, 660 ml, savoured on March 14 2014; eye: brown with a reddish hue, clear, no head, no lacing; nose: malt, light spices, light alcohol, fig; mouth: malt, light spices, light alcohol, fig, malty finale with presence of fig, medium body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 660 ml, savourée le 14 mars 2014; œil : brune avec une teinte rougeâtre, limpide, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, léger épices, léger alcool, figue; bouche : malt, léger épices, léger alcool, figue, finale maltée avec présence de figue, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle. Dark rubyish brown with a short tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, candied fruit, tart berries and bread notes. Taste is sweet malt candied fruit, caramel, dark bread, boozy notes and toffee. Body is medium and smooth with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more caramel, sweet malt, dark bread, toffee, fruit notes and toffee. Sweet and malty! Very tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (699) - - JUN 12, 2014
Dark brown with a bit of a head. Vaguely fruity overtones, but not to the point of being a fruit beer as such.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
redbeard3 (107) - - JUN 5, 2014
22 oz bottle into a tulip. Mahogany red color and khaki head. Big raison and dark fruit flavors. Rich palate and slightly boozy aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pushkinwow (2755) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Bomber from Mike P. Light mahogany with a tan head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma reminds me of the liquid left in a roasting pan after making a traditional prune brisket...without the meat...odd I know but still...prune, some date, chewy and malty, molasses, boozy, moderate carbonation and body, some spice...interesting.

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